Colin Covert

Columnist/Reporter | Movies
Phone: 612-673-7186
Colin Covert has covered films for the Star Tribune for 20 years, interviewing Peter Jackson, Kate Winslet, Steven Spielberg, Cate Blanchett, Quentin Tarantino, Neil Gaiman and John Travolta, to name a few. Colin’s job as a film critic consists mostly of thinking up synonyms for “mediocre.” He still gets a thrill when the lights dim, and all too often a bigger thrill when they come on again.

Recent content from Colin Covert

Review: 'Labor Day' is a labored date movie

REVIEW: “Labor Day” is a generic slab of escapist romantic Velveeta from, of all people, sharp-witted Jason Reitman.

Updated: January 30, 2014, - 03:38 PM

Josh Brolin tones down action man for 'Labor Day'

Making the Jason Reitman-directed romance “Labor Day" with Kate Winslet was often uncomfortable for Josh Brolin.

Updated: January 30, 2014, - 03:36 PM

Two Minnesota-shot films are the talk of Sundance

Unconventional and under the radar, “Dear White People” and “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” play to packed houses in Park City.

Updated: January 26, 2014, - 07:49 PM

'American Hustle,' 'Gravity,' '12 Years a Slave' lead Oscar pack

The best-picture trio entered the competition with the largest tally of nominations, 10 each for “Hustle” and “Gravity,” and nine for “Slave.” Each also scored in the key best director and acting categories.

Updated: January 16, 2014, - 05:53 PM

Local connections to Oscars nominations

In a real-life Cinderella story, first-time actor Barkhad Abdi of Minneapolis was nominated for best supporting actor. Directors Joel and...

Updated: January 16, 2014, - 02:34 PM

Oscar tip sheet: Best picture

Colin Covert handicaps the nominees for best picture.

Updated: January 16, 2014, - 12:47 PM

Golden Globes get gritty: 'Twelve Years a Slave' edges 'Gravity'

Director Steve McQueen, who took the stage with cast members and backers, including Minneapolis-based producer William Pohlad, said the award was “a shock.”

Updated: January 13, 2014, - 09:17 AM

First-time Minneapolis actor Barkhad Abdi rides Hollywood whirlwind

Plucked from obscurity for a big role in “Captain Phillips,” Barkhad Abdi finds himself a media darling in the midst of awards season.

Updated: January 12, 2014, - 12:17 PM

'The Past' puts Iranian director on world stage

Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi’s native country inspires his dark, circular dramas, even as he works in France.

Updated: January 10, 2014, - 11:20 AM

'Lone Survivor': Mission in the mountains

REVIEW: “Lone Survivor” is gripping, unrelenting, brutally proficient moviemaking, a just-the-facts war movie about four Navy SEALS on an Afghan mission gone fatally wrong.

Updated: January 09, 2014, - 04:47 PM

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